How we started
Patrick and Frances Connolly are originally from Northern Ireland but moved to Hartlepool to work in 1990. They planned to stay only a few years, but stayed 25. Their twins were born in the town, and all three of their daughters attended first St. Cuthbert’s Primary then English Martyrs Secondary Schools. The town opened its doors and its hearts to the couple, and they retain a very strong friendship network among its citizens. Therefore, when the couple had the good luck to win the lottery on 1st Jan 2019, one of their first acts was to set up this charity to give something back.
The PFC Trust aims to improve the lives and life chances of people across the North East by highlighting and appreciating the good in the region and helping those who need it.
We work with a range of partners to ensure that individuals and organisations are best placed to reach their goals. This support is different for everyone we work with, but it can include capacity building support, funding and training opportunities.
"We formed The PFC Trust in order to give something back to the region and its people. Our charity's guiding principal will always be helping people to help themselves, and we sincerely hope to be able to positively impact on peoples' lives in some small way".
Frances & Patrick Connolly, Founders, The PFC Trust.
What I really liked about the PFC was that there was always someone available to talk too. This was very reassuring for me as a new coach and someone who has never dealt with grants before. My point of contact throughout has been carl he's been great and has also linked me onto some very good courses including first aid, safe guarding and more recently hope performance courses. As a mature athlete it is extremely difficult to find support and sponsorship opportunities, I would really like to thank the PFC Trust for putting their faith in me, I'm determined to inspire to as many young athletes as possible and PFC is allowing me to do this in way's, I could never have imagined .